Outreach Cultural Evening, reviving Odisha’s Dying Folk Art

Reported By Insha Zarine Sayeed and Kanhu Charan Gouda

Bhubaneswar, Aug 17: Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan (BVB), Bhubaneswar in collaboration with the Infosys Foundation, Bengaluru, has taken the initiative to revive the rich cultural heritage of the state of Odisha by conducting the outreach cultural evenings on a regular basis on the first and third Monday evening of every month at its Kharvel Nagar Campus.

With the advent of technological revolution and modernization, it has been observed that focus on ancient art and culture of our country is gradually dwindling and has the threat of extinction. This endeavor of Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan will go a long way in bringing resurgence to the traditional folk arts of the state and preserve the same.

As a part of the Institutional Society Responsibility, all the faculty members, staff and students of Bhavan’s B-School, “Bhavan Centre for Communication and Management” take keen interest in organizing these cultural evenings professionally.

The outreach cultural programme was inaugurated on 23rd May 2016, Ghoda Nacha, followed by String Puppet Show on 6th June 2016 having Mr. Manoranjan Panigrahy, IRS, Principal Secretary, Culture and Public Relation, Government of Odisha as the Chief Guest. This was followed by Bharat Leela on the 20th of June 2016 Ravana Chhaya on 4th July 2016 Gahano on 18th July 2016 and Pala on 1st August 2016.

The seventh programme in the series is Kalia Kela, performed by ‘Rangaloko’ from Jagannathpur, Pipli, , in the district of Puri and directed by Shrijukta Duryadhan Sahoo.

In the beginning of the show, Dr. Manmanth Satpathy, Associate Director Culture, BVB, Bhubaneswar, mentioned about the importance of the event.

Before the advent of television, radio and cinemas, the main source of entertainment was traditional folk dance and drama. ‘Kalia Kela’ is one such famous folk dance form of ancient Odisha.

Major Gen. Basant Kumar Mahapatra, Chairman, BVB, Dr S.K. Tamotia, Vice-Chairman, BVB, Sri Ananta Mahapatra, Advisor Culture, BVB and Major Anupam Chatterjee, Director Culture, BVB of Bhubaneswar Kendra were the distinguished personalities present in this cultural evening. There was a large gathering including members of press and media, special invitees and the public.

The programme made the audience spell bound and it was highly appreciated.

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